Josep Maria Casasús receives the Vicens Vives distinction for university teaching quality

The Generalitat (Autonomous Government) of Catalonia agreed, on 27 August last, to grant the Jaume Vicens Vives distinctions for university teaching quality 2013, which recognise excellence in this sphere. The Government will grant three individual and four group awards, which will be presented on Friday 6 September at the University of Girona, during the official inauguration of the 2013-2014 academic year of the Catalan university system.

The lecturer Josep Maria Casasús Guri, Professor of Journalism in the UPF Department of Communication, received the distinction individually, in recognition of his career history and, most especially, thanks to the constant attention paid to the new social and technological phenomena and to matters of ethics, very important aspects in the academic sphere. Josep Maria Casasús is Director of IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra’s Master in Communication Management. A pioneer in research, dissemination and promotion of journalism in our country, Casasús was dean of the UPF Faculty of Communication, is a full member of the Institute of Catalan Studies and has been awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi (St. George’s Cross).

In relation to the group awards, the Vicens Vives distinction was granted to the project Early contact of students with clinical medicine: two experiences in the scenario of the European Higher Education Area, from the joint medicine degree of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), for innovation in comprehensive training in medical knowledge and for bringing students closer to the different aspects of the reality of healthcare right from the start of the degree.

The lecturers who won awards for this project are Josep-Eladi Baños Díez, Professor of Pharmacology from the UPF’s Department of Experimental and Health Sciences and Director of the Barcelona School of Management’s University Master in Leadership and Management of Science and Innovation; Mariano Sentí Clapés, Senior Lecturer from the same department, and Ramon Miralles, a lecturer in Medicine at the UAB.

Each distinction is allocated €20,000, both in the individual and in the group category. The award will be assigned to innovation or teaching improvement projects, as decided by the award-winners.

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